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Ben

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  • The Post-American World 2.0

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Fareed Zakaria
    • Narrated By Fareed Zakaria
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (231)
    Performance
    (170)
    Story
    (171)

    Here is the New York Times and international best seller, revised and expanded with a new afterword. This is the essential update of Fareed Zakaria's analysis about America and its shifting position in world affairs. In this new edition, Zakaria makes sense of the rapidly changing global landscape. With his customary lucidity, insight, and imagination, he draws on lessons from the two great power shifts of the past 500 years - the rise of the Western world and the rise of the United States - to tell us what we can expect from the third shift, the rise of the rest.

    Steve says: "S/B req reading for every man, woman and child..."
    "Informative, fascinating, well constructed"
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    Would you listen to The Post-American World 2.0 again? Why?

    Yes, this is a repeat listen, there's so much information and it also gets you thinking about headlines as they come, creating a more integrated, broad worldview.


    What does Fareed Zakaria bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I might be projecting, but hearing his voice makes me feel more deliberative about its assertions and not as prone to taking it in like a textbook.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Brave New World

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Aldous Huxley
    • Narrated By Michael York
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2467)
    Performance
    (1750)
    Story
    (1766)

    When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Cloning, feel-good drugs, anti-aging programs, and total social control through politics, programming, and media: has Aldous Huxley accurately predicted our future? With a storyteller's genius, he weaves these ethical controversies in a compelling narrative that dawns in the year 632 A.F. (After Ford, the deity). When Lenina and Bernard visit a savage reservation, we experience how Utopia can destroy humanity.

    Jefferson says: "“Oh, Ford, Ford Ford, I Wish I Had My Soma!”"
    "A decent presentation of a classic"
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    Would you listen to Brave New World again? Why?

    I wouldn't listen to the same performance of Brave New World again, but I was glad to listen to it once!


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    Almost.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yeah, if I had the time, I'd have liked to listen to the whole book in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    York's performance was at times a bit too energetic, over-the-top in scenes I didn't think needed it, so that I felt like I was listening to a style directed more at younger listeners where I think a broader appeal might have served better.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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